It wasn't a completely new idea: Pianist and local jazz icon Monika Herzig playing along with poet Norbert Krapf's readings. (They next perform together at Boulevard Place Cafe', 4155 Boulevard Place, 7 p.m., $5 cover.)
|"It makes you perform the poems in a different way," Krapf said. "It gives you a different beat. I think it makes you more conscious of the rhythm of the poetry. There's something about the scene here in Indianapolis that really grabs you. People don't realize how vibrant it is. People here have an inferiority complex, but there's a lot going on here, and I'm very happy to be part of it. I love getting beyond poetry; I love collaborating with musicians."
The collaboration began with a jazz class taught by Herzig, when she began to read some of Krapf's work and found inspiration in some of the deeply personal material.
"He gave me this poem called 'Sisters,' about his stillborn sister, and I read it and realized I'd written this song called 'The Third Passenger,' about my miscarriage," Herzig said. "I thought, there's music and words, and how much more powerful can they be together?"
|Photo and article © 2006 Paul F. P. Pogue, all rights reserved; thanks for permission to include here.
Photo caption: Norbert Krapf and Monika Herzig at Indy Hostel.